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Operation Shanela lands 368 in Wierdabrug, Laudium in jail

Eleven shopping centres were visited while 2 957 people and 1 465 vehicles were searched.

Joint law-enforcement operations in Wierdabrug and Laudium led to the arrest of 368 suspects for various crimes.

The operation entailed high-visibility patrols in crime hotspots, compliance inspections and raids on illicit liquor outlets.

Other role players in the effort included the departments of home affairs and labour, Gauteng traffic, metro police, health inspectors, Tracker, crime prevention wardens, various CPFs, ward councillors and police.

Police search minibus taxi passengers during stop-and-search operation part of Operation Shanela. Photo: SAPS

Throughout the operation, Tshwane detectives successfully apprehended 303 suspects.

“Among the 303, 88 suspects were involved in gender-based violence, murder (4), armed robbery (6) and rape (11),” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Johan van Dyk.

Three uniformed groups, comprising two tactical teams and a roadblock group, policed Wierdabrug and Laudium.

The tactical groups inspected 11 liquor shops, found one non-compliant and confiscated 13.8 litres of liquor, which will be destroyed upon finalisation of the criminal case.

Police, TMPD and crime preveNtion wardens search premises. Photo: SAPS

Van Dyk said one suspect found himself behind bars for possession of a motorcycle reported stolen in Sandringham earlier this month.

“Three people were locked up for assault, one for possession of 135 450 loose illicit cigarettes.

Two more suspects were nabbed for dealing in drugs when about 20 bags of crystal meth were found in their possession, 59 undocumented immigrants were detained and 350 expired medication tablets were confiscated.

Throughout the operation, 11 shopping centres were visited while 2 957 people and 1 465 vehicles were searched, and 241 Aarto fines totalling R100 750 were issued.

The Labour department inspected and issued four businesses with contravention notices.

TMPD check for vehicle permits. Photo: SAPS

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